I TIPPED Motherwell to win the play-offs at 5-4 before the semi-finals and having done so I’m standing by the Premiership side who are now 1-8 at Coral.
Darren McGregor’s late consolation at Ibrox last Thursday has changed the dimensions of this tie and while it will take a miraculous turnaround Rangers will pile pressure on Well if they score first and are 11-10 at Paddy Power to do so.
At 3-0 down the tie was over but at 3-1 there’s a glimmer of hope for Rangers although McGregor is banned and Lee Wallace and Nicky Law have overcome doubts to make into the starting line-up.
Stuart McCall is toying with the idea of defender Lee McCulloch starting up top and has the option of going with Kris Boyd who made a difference when he came on in the first leg. Skipper McCulloch is 11-2 with Betfred to score.
If Motherwell hit the opener it’s finished – and McCall knows it so his men need to keep it tight at the start before taking any risks.
Ian Baraclough is likely to employ the same tactics as the first leg and use his pacy wideman to hit Gers on the break. Lee Erwin and Lionel Ainsworth troubled the Ibrox backline in the first game and I fancy Erwin to net at 2-1 with McBookie. Ainsworth is 7-2 with bet365.
I reckon Well will score which means Rangers will need three to force extra time or four to win in 90 minutes.
The Ibrox side are 6-1 with bet365 to win promotion and 19-10 at Betfred to win tomorrow. Well are 8-5 at McBookie but I can see see a draw at 5-2 with McBookie who mark up a scoring stalemate at 18-5.
Both teams to score looks a good bet at 8-11 with Skybet as does over 2.5 goals at 10-11 with the same firm.
Well’s defence looked ropey as Gers piled forward in the closing stages but McCall will be without banned McGregor and that’s a blow to his hopes of keeping a clean sheet.
Over 2.5 goals
Erwin to score
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